A Design for Ascension


Edna Lister originally wrote A Design for Ascension as a correspondence course for a dual purpose. She wanted to equip us to comprehend the divinely objective principles of creation, and to give us a personal key to the pattern of creation, ascension, and our soul identity with God.

The scope of Edna Lister's life work is enormous, including books, pamphlets, speeches, articles, essays, sermons, lectures, and group and personal meetings with students in many cities in Europe, Great Britain, and Africa. Her personal correspondence was voluminous, and several students saved her letters and their notes from sermons, lectures, and private meetings, bequeathing them to us.

We have transformed her work into this website, the Via Christa, to make her teachings, techniques and methods available, and to integrate her seminal thinking with the overall whole of Western thought and religion. While we have updated some of the similes she used, those of us who knew her have agreed that her personality clearly shines through these words. This entire site is her How-to Manual for Soul Ascension.

The entire Via Christa site
is a How-to Manual for
Soul Ascension

Edna Lister created the framework of A Design for Ascension during the 1930s, and added to it greatly during a three-month period early in 1941. On revision of certain sections in 1956, she declared joyously, "God is so good to me! At last I'm being allowed to write what I know. I have given you the framework, and you shall fill it in to complete the Master's work."

Our best advice is that you ponder the principles and laws presented here until you discover for yourself the truths and mysteries that lie herein. Devotion in applying these principles will spontaneously redesign your life pattern. Should you choose to live life on the Via Christa, you will use the lessons in mastery contained herein for the rest of your earth life, always finding new insights and laws to apply. Perhaps the most foolish misuse of this text is to believe that any portion of it does not apply to you.

We hope the time you spend with us in preparing your own design for ascension is the adventure of a lifetime.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Big Questions, Life's Mysteries
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Chapter 2. Studying Reality's Framework
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Chapter 3. Truth, the Foundation of Reality
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Chapter 4. The Path of Ascension from Self to Soul
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Chapter 5. God Is the Source of All That Is
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Chapter 6. Your Soul's Identity With God
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Chapter 7. God as Omniscience, Omnipresence and Omnipotence
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Chapter 8. Omniscience: God as Universal Mind
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Chapter 9. Omnipresence: God as Universal Substance
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Chapter 10. Omnipotence: God as Universal Power
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Chapter 11. How God Manifests as Creation
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Chapter 12. God as Seven Trinities of Being
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Chapter 13. God the Triune as Being and Expression
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Chapter 14. God as the Principles of Expression
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Chapter 15. Genesis, the Involution
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Chapter 16. Man's Involution into Form
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Chapter 17. Your Stature as a Creator God
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Chapter 18. Your Mysterious Living Soul
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Chapter 19. How Individual Mind Evolves in Form
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Chapter 20. How You Come to Earth
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Chapter 21. How Law Governs All Life
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Chapter 22. God's Mind in You, as You
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Chapter 23. How to Apply Law to Your Life
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Chapter 24. Desire, Thinking and Imagination
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Chapter 25. How to Sublimate Your Desire and Will
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Chapter 26. Form, From God to Man
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Chapter 27. Healing Substance in Form
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Chapter 28. Poise and Power
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Chapter 29. How Principles Function As You
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Chapter 30. Illumination: The Golden Silence
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Chapter 31. Awareness, Recognition and Inspiration
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Chapter 32. What Is Soul Mastery?
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Chapter 33. The Work of Mastery on the Via Christa
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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister


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